Anything I can do to fix his beak?

lauraf

Chirping
9 Years
Aug 20, 2010
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FMAFarms

Songster
8 Years
Feb 20, 2011
439
4
109
Rural Michigan
Poor baby! I'm afraid that crossed beak isn't really fixable. It's a genetic malformation, usually noticed right from hatching. You can trim the beak, but it will always grow back that way.
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easttxchick

Lone Star Call Ducks
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Aug 3, 2009
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There are MANY people here on the forum that have cross-beaked birds that have gone on to live long, healthy lives.
You do have to make some provisions with food dishes and the like, but for the most part, they do very well.
Trimming, as the previous poster said, can help.
Good luck to your little one!
 

CoffeeCow

Songster
9 Years
Apr 29, 2010
331
14
121
Washington, NC
I have a "special" chicken too. although her beak is not nearly that bad.

you can take fingernail clippers and trim/file the beak a lot of the time. but judging from the pic you posted... that may not be an option for you. If the chick can't eat, you really should cull it. no point in letting it suffer. however if it can eat, and the beak is trimmable, you may be able to help her.

I trim Blings beak about once a month.
here she is untrimmed ( I really need to get a pic of her after a trim....)

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CoffeeCow

Songster
9 Years
Apr 29, 2010
331
14
121
Washington, NC
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does this mean that you should not breed a bird with cross beak?

I have a chick from Bling (pictured above) who is about 2 months old now, and she (he?) shows no signs of a crossed beak.
and, yeah i'm sure its her chick. Bling is the only girl that lays a cream colored egg
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FMAFarms

Songster
8 Years
Feb 20, 2011
439
4
109
Rural Michigan
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does this mean that you should not breed a bird with cross beak?

Well, according to Storey's Guide to Raising Chickens, no, you should remove any chickens with crossed beaks from your breeding stock, since the defect can be passed down to its chicks. I've never had a crossed-beak bird, and Bling looks like an exception. If you're a diehard serious breeder, then I would say no. If you do it as a hobby and for your own stock, then I would say do what you feel is right for you!
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CoffeeCow

Songster
9 Years
Apr 29, 2010
331
14
121
Washington, NC
ooh, yes. I am definitely not a breeder! I just keep these for myself. I do sell a few eggs, but the flock are all pets
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If you are planning on selling chicks, then definitely do not breed that one.
sorry for any confusion =/
 

Gypsy07

Songster
9 Years
Feb 4, 2010
2,286
66
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Glasgow, Scotland
Bling's beak looks more like a ducks bill! Nice looking bird. I like her colouring. I also have a crossbeaked hen who is getting on fine in a big mixed flock and it doesn't really seem to affect her too badly. She can't peck at weeds and grass, but apart from that she's fine...
 

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